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This document provides an update to the 2017 report released by CSE. Its purpose is to let Canadians know about the cyber threats to our democratic process in 2019.
"This cyber security playbook guides elections authorities on anticipating, mitigating, and responding to threats that are specific to Canada’s democratic processes. This playbook introduces baseline cyber security measures and best practices that you can implement to improve your organization’s security profile. This playbook also provides a set of standards to reference as elections authorities continue to improve current systems and implement new ones. The guidance in this document is based on information gathered from various sources and is only intended to provide a set of recommendations that you can implement in addition to your organizational policies and practices.
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a global pandemic. In a previous Cyber Threat Bulletin, we assessed that cyber threat actors have taken advantage of this context to conduct a range of cyber threat activities. The health sector—which we define as including public health institutions, hospitals and other front-line medical providers, research organizations, and pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies—is being targeted by both cyber criminals and state-sponsored cyber threat actors. The Cyber Centre assesses that in Canada and many other countries health sector organizations almost certainly face increased threats to their cyber security due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"In our highly connected digital society, Canadians and Canadian organizations rely on the Internet for both personal and professional activities. It is in this context that we assess cyber threats to Canadian individuals, businesses, and critical infrastructure, including government.
Cyber threat activity against Canadians often has financial or privacy implications. Yet cyber threat activity against Canadian businesses and critical infrastructure can have more far-reaching consequences, such as operational disruptions to the financial sector, large-scale theft of personal information, and even potential damage to infrastructure."
This document describes common concepts relevant to discussions about cyber threat activity in the Canadian context and acts as a point of reference for Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) publications. This introductory document provides baseline knowledge about the cyber threat environment, including cyber threat actors and their motivations, sophistication, techniques, tools, and the cyber threat surface.
"The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has warned that foreign actors will likely try to interfere in Canadian election processes. If you’re involved in politics – as a political candidate, staffer or volunteer – you are a target. It’s vital that you take steps to protect yourself. The Cyber Centre has advice to help you protect your cyber security and deal with threats to your social media accounts.
If you’re someone who is in a high-profile position, such as a politician or a senior executive, you need to protect the security of your mobile devices when you travel. Mobile devices contain sensitive information and they are high-value targets for cyber threat actors. If your device or the information on it is compromised, it could be used against you or the organization you represent. Below, we cover some of the common threats and the security measures you should take before, during, and after you travel to protect your mobile devices.
This fact sheet focuses on the protection of the Government of Canada's Information Technology infrastructure and how Budget 2016 resources enable Shared Services Canada to increase protection against cyber threats.
"This document is intended for elections authorities. It introduces common threats to Canada’s electoral processes and provides guidance on protecting the systems and the people involved in these processes. The guidance in this document is based on information gathered from various sources and is only intended to provide a set of recommendations that you can implement in addition to your organizational policies and practices. Note that this document does not provide exhaustive guidance on the measures you should take to protect your organization against cyber threats.